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reLuxe Mega Roundup - April 3, 2016

Woo-hoo, time for another reLuxe (mega) Roundup! What makes this one a mega roundup, you might ask? Well, this one's got lots of pictures (below the fold). Back when I started this blog, we were limited in how much we could store on the server. Now there're no limits, and a picture's worth a thousand words, so here we go.

It’s been a while since Tasha or I wrote one of these, and there have been quite a few changes in the intervening seven months here at the Ranch. After a relatively painless and short winter, here we are, having come out the other side, to an early spring.

Shine, Perishing Republic

While this America settles in the mould of its vulgarity, heavily thickening / to empire

And protest, only a bubble in the molten mass, pops and sighs out, and the / mass hardens,

I sadly smiling remember that the flower fades to make fruit, the fruit rots / to make earth.

--from “Shine, Perishing Republic” by Robinson Jeffers

Last Tuesday was primary day in North Carolina, so I went out to cast my vote for Bernie Sanders. It didn’t do much good here, where Hillary Clinton was heavily favored to win the Democratic primary.

Romantic Rendezvous at the reLuxe Ranch

Now that we have a farm, and our lives are more attuned to natural cycles, I am beginning to understand the wisdom of celebrating Valentine's Day in February. With early vestiges of spring wafting in the wind and an abundance of cold, cuddly, starlit nights, romance is running rampant 'round here. Sadly, I am not talking about Matt and me. We're too busy getting projects done to have time. But our amorous animals are another story.

Back in December, we picked up two Berkshire piglets -- a male and a female -- for breeding.